S ince Mīmāṃsā (both in its Bhāṭṭa and in its Prābhākara subschools) focused primarily on the exegesis of the prescriptive portion of the...
Monday, December 15, 2008
Paper manuscripts in South Asia
Birgit Kellner asks on the Indology list which are the oldest dated paper manuscripts in India and Nepal, mentioning for India a mns dated 1198 and for Nepal a mns dated 1105. Why did paper manuscripts remain comparatively rare until recent times, then? Was paper too expensive? Were trade-routes from China and Tibet not commonly used? After all, paper was well spread in China and Tibet since much older time.